Welcome

 

Thank you for visiting Grace Lutheran Church's website. We are a member of Lutheran Church-Canada.

Rev. Jack P. Hetzel

Services

Sunday School Online

Sunday @ 9:00 AM

Bible Class

Sunday @ 9:30 AM

Divine Service

Sunday @ 10:30 AM


 Notice: COVID-19 Worship Service modifications

Ontario is allowing Churches to Worship with a maximum of 30% seating capacity. This may change at any time to a total lock down.  Services with modifications to the service are outlined below:

1. The front doors will be unlocked prior to services times.

2. Hand sanitizer will be made available for easy use at the front entrance along with a mask if someone does have one of their own.

3. Worshippers MUST wear a MASK. Children under the ages of two are not to be masked ( direction of chief medical officer ) Under Ontario Regulation 263/20 – Stage 2 Closures s.4(2) of the Ontario provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act ( EMCPA)

4. No socializing in the Narthex or downstairs before or after worship

5. The pews will be marked with painters tape so that social distancing can be implemented. Be Seated only in designated spaces.

6. Maintain social distancing – note Ontario now has a social circle rule allowing families in a circle to seat together.

7. Once seated – you may NOT remove the mask. As of Friday July 10th, 2020 by order of the Chief Medical Officer of the Region of Durham, Dr. Robert Kyle, everyone entering a public place must wear a mask – Durham Region By-law.

8. No shaking of hands before, during or following the service

9. The lighting of the candles requires no change in procedure.

10. Offering plates – to be at the back of the church for those to be utilized when entering the church. The ushers will have to watch same before they are taken up to the altar. At the point in the worship service when the offering is normally taken, the offering plates will be brought forward to the altar, to be placed on the credence table by the usher.

11. Singing is not allowed. When singing your exhale is transmitted from 3 m to 4 m out and is in a much smaller vapor form which remains in the air for hours.

12. Holy Communion

  (i) The communion rail is not to be installed

  (ii) No more than seven people at the rail unless immediate family

  (iii) In the past –the Elders assisting and the pastor wash their hands before serving communion. This practice will continue.

  (iv) Pastor has a wipe cloth that he utilizes before the consecration of the supper.

  (v) Those receiving the bread will place their hands as the Throne of God format – both hands out flat

  (vi) There will be both the individual cups and the common cup available for the wine.

  (vii) The common cup – as the wine/blood is served; the cup is presently turned so that no one touch’s the same portion of the cup. This will continue.

  (viii) When the table has been served – the common cup will be wiped with a cloth that contains a solution.

  (ix) There is an issue regarding the ushers helping those to attend and come down from the rail that must be addressed. If you are unable to approach the altar you will be served in a bench but please seat yourself at an aisle seat.

  (x) Ushers will usher the people out of the church starting with the back – bench by bench - so that social distancing may be sustained. REMAIN SEATED until directed to exit.

           Online Donations

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we find ourselves in a situation where gathering as God’s people has changed or been modified from normal practices. We are all faced with the challenge of how to continue giving our regular tithes and offerings to support the local ongoing Word and Sacrament ministry of our congregation. In order to continue our regular giving to our congregation there are two options available online.

1. Credit card donation

Lutheran Church Canada has provided an online option using your credit card to donate and automatic tax receipt is generated. Press the green donate online button below.  

 

2. e-Transfer

From your bank account you can send to email address:  gracelutheranoshawa.treasurer@gmail.com

 

What is a Lutheran?

 

Lutherans are those Christians who choose to accept Martin Luther's teachings.  On October 31, 1517, Luther, a Catholic monk, posted his 95 Theses as a challenge to the doctrine and practices of the Roman Catholic Church, hoping to reform the practices he felt were inconsistent with scripture.

What is the Lutheran faith?

 

The Lutheran faith is the Christian faith of Western Christendom as reformed by Martin Luther and others in the Book of Concord (1580).  On October 31, 1517, Luther, an Augustinian monk, posted his 95 Theses that challenged the errors of the Roman Catholic Church. He hoped to reform church practices according to the bible alone.

The Liturgy

 

At Grace we always follow the historical and traditional Lutheran liturgy of the western church as it is found in our hymnal, the Lutheran Service Book. This page provides an explanation of the part of the liturgy and the references to the Holy Scriptures from which the liturgy is drawn.

Welcome to EDLYA!

This is the homepage of the East District Lutheran Young Adults, or EDLYA for short!

Our goal is to foster fellowship and growth amidst the young adults (any member aged 18-35!) of the East District of Lutheran Church Canada. If you too are a young adult, then you are invited to join us! We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events.

 

Here is the website:

http://www.edlya.ca/

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